Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1720
                                Barcode 226584                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/12/2013           .                                

       The Committee on Education (Legg) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 489 and 490
    4  insert:
    5         Section 5. Section 288.126, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         288.126Science, technology, engineering, arts, and
    8  mathematics zone programs.—
    9         (1) The Department of Economic Opportunity shall create
   10  economic development zones relating to science, technology,
   11  engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). All incentives and
   12  benefits provided for an enterprise zone pursuant to state law
   13  must be available to a STEAM zone designated pursuant to this
   14  section. A STEAM zone must be created in a county that has a
   15  state university classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the
   16  Advancement of Teaching as having very high research activity.
   17  The integration of arts and technology is a subset of a STEAM
   18  zone.
   19         (2) Each county that has a qualifying research university
   20  may apply to the department to receive the designation as a
   21  STEAM zone. In the application, the county must appoint a STEAM
   22  zone development agency. The STEAM zone development agency must:
   23         (a) Be a nonuniversity not-for-profit corporation under s.
   24  501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
   25         (b) Have experience with both private not-for-profit
   26  partnerships and public not-for-profit partnerships.
   27         (c) Have a facility with a minimum of 10,000 square feet of
   28  exhibit educational conference space.
   29         (d) Employ at least five full-time, in-house educational
   30  and training staff employees.
   31         (e) Have experience with federal educational and science
   32  related grants.
   33         (f) Create and submit quarterly reports to the governing
   34  body of the county which evaluates the progress in implementing
   35  the strategic plan or measurable goals set by the STEAM zone
   36  development board as described in subsection (3).
   37         (3)(a) The STEAM zone development agency shall appoint a
   38  STEAM zone development board. The board shall consist of at
   39  least nine, but not more than 12, commissioners. At least two
   40  commissioners must be associated with the STEAM zone development
   41  agency, two commissioners must come from the host county, and
   42  two commissioners must be from local for-profit or not-for
   43  profit corporations whose business is related to science,
   44  technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics programs. At
   45  least one commissioner must be from each of the following areas:
   46         1.A qualifying research institution.
   47         2.A local school district.
   48         3.A municipality.
   49         (b) The STEAM zone development board shall:
   50         1.Assist in the development, implementation, and annual
   51  review and update of the strategic plan or measurable goals.
   52         2.Oversee and monitor the implementation of the strategic
   53  plan or measurable goals.
   54         3.Identify and recommend to the local governing body of
   55  the county or the municipality ways to remove regulatory
   56  barriers.
   57         4.Identify for a county or municipality the financial
   58  needs of and local resources or assistance available to eligible
   59  businesses in the zone.
   60         5.Promote the STEAM zone incentives to residents and
   61  businesses within the STEAM zone.
   62         6.Make recommendations to the county for boundary changes
   63  in a STEAM zone such that a STEAM zone does not exceed 2 square
   64  miles.
   65         7.Work with organizations affiliated with a high-ranking
   66  state research university to promote the purpose and goals of
   67  the STEAM zone.
   68         8.Dispense funds to promote, develop, and expand the STEAM
   69  zone and educational training programs.
   70         9.Work with companies within the STEAM zone to develop
   71  training and certification programs needed to train a workforce
   72  to have skills that are needed by companies and businesses in
   73  this state.
   74         10.Work with Workforce Florida, Inc., to retrain, educate,
   75  and certify unemployed workers in industry certifications.
   76         11. Work with Workforce Florida, Inc., to develop and make
   77  available grant programs within the STEAM zone which foster the
   78  expansion of workforce industry certification education and
   79  training strategies, activities, and resources in conjunction
   80  with one-stop career centers in the region.
   81         12. Provide directives to the STEAM zone development
   82  agency.
   83         (4)(a) In order to provide incentives, each county that has
   84  jurisdiction over a STEAM zone must, by local ordinance,
   85  establish the boundary of the STEAM zone, specify applicable
   86  standards, and determine eligibility criteria for the
   87  application of state and local incentives and benefits in the
   88  STEAM zone. However, in order to receive benefits provided under
   89  s. 288.106, a business must be a qualified target industry
   90  business under s. 288.106 for state purposes. A STEAM zone’s
   91  boundary may be revised by local ordinance. Such incentives and
   92  benefits include those in ss. 212.08, 212.096, 220.181, 220.182,
   93  220.183, 220.196, 288.106, and 624.5105 and the public utility
   94  discounts provided in s. 290.007(8). For purposes of this
   95  section, any applicable requirements for employee residency for
   96  higher refund or credit thresholds must be based on employee
   97  residency in the STEAM zone or an enterprise zone.
   98         (b) A county that has a designated STEAM zone in its
   99  jurisdiction may waive impact fees for new construction within
  100  the STEAM zone.
  101         (c) The Department of Economic Opportunity and each county
  102  that has a STEAM zone in its jurisdiction shall review rules or
  103  regulations that affect the relocation or expansion of a
  104  business to a STEAM zone to determine if a rule or regulation
  105  may be modified or repealed to facilitate relocation or
  106  expansion.
  107         (5) The department shall develop a high-technology grant
  108  program that applies to the STEAM zone. The grant program shall
  109  solicit competitive applications from organizations that propose
  110  to encourage and reward groundbreaking ideas that greatly expand
  111  innovation, commercialization, and new enterprise formation
  112  across the state. A grant shall be awarded to applicants who
  113  submit the best strategies to:
  114         (a) Create proof-of-concept centers that greatly increase
  115  innovation within their organizations; or
  116         (b) Create processes to commercialize or implement
  117  innovation and build networks that can use that innovation and
  118  entrepreneurship for local economic development.
  119         (6) The STEAM zone development agency, with the cooperation
  120  of other state agencies, shall:
  121         (a) Partner with science, technology, engineering, arts, or
  122  mathematics companies, Workforce Florida, Inc., and local
  123  workforce boards to offer workforce training programs to train
  124  unemployed, underemployed, and new workers in skills that are
  125  needed in the science, technology, engineering, arts, or
  126  mathematics field.
  127         (b) Offer industry certifications from approved programs
  128  for persons who traditionally are not typical candidates to
  129  transition into science, technology, engineering, arts, or
  130  mathematics careers; ease the transition for dislocated or
  131  transitioning workers into science, technology, engineering,
  132  arts, or mathematics field; and integrate state, regional, and
  133  local efforts into a more powerful set of partnerships and
  134  coordinated strategies.
  135         (c) Enhance the production of more and better industry
  136  certified workers in the science, technology, engineering, arts,
  137  and mathematics fields through investment of department
  138  resources and through greater integration and alignment of
  139  existing public and private resources, so that more workers have
  140  access to industry certification opportunities.
  141         (d) Stimulate and support innovation, entrepreneurship, and
  142  economic growth that can expand employment opportunities in the
  143  science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics fields
  144  by:
  145         1.Increasing funding for grant opportunities in order to
  146  implement additional educational programming related to science,
  147  technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
  148         2.Offering incentives to a school district, a charter
  149  school, or a private school to implement and fully use an
  150  industry certification program in science, technology,
  151  engineering, arts, and mathematics.
  152         3. Creating regional centers of education and research for
  153  science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The
  154  regional centers are a pipeline for students who excel in
  155  science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to their
  156  respective research universities in this state.
  157         4.Providing an industry certification program for science,
  158  technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to meet workforce
  159  demands of industry.
  160         5.Promoting the pursuit of careers in science, technology,
  161  engineering, arts, and mathematics among underrepresented
  162  students in grades kindergarten through 12.
  163         6.Sponsoring an advertising campaign designed to encourage
  164  local youth, particularly African Americans, Latin Americans,
  165  and women, to consider careers in fields of science, technology,
  166  engineering, arts, and mathematics.
  167         7. Working with the state universities and colleges to
  168  incorporate industry certification programs and internships for
  169  students who are pursing degrees related to science, technology,
  170  engineering, arts, and mathematics which further enhance their
  171  education.
  172         (7) The department, in cooperation with the STEAM zone
  173  development agency, the Department of Education, and Workforce
  174  Florida, Inc., shall develop accountability requirements and
  175  measureable objectives that include:
  176         (a) Requiring companies to:
  177         1. Sign an agreement with the STEAM zone development agency
  178  to agree to be a partner in some form of education,
  179  volunteerism, internship, or event in order to encourage and
  180  excite the community and children in this state’s education
  181  system about fields related to science, technology, engineering,
  182  arts, or mathematics.
  183         2. Participate in a corporate training program.
  184         3. Submit to an annual audit by the state or local board if
  185  a tax credit, grant, loan, or other public assistance is
  186  received.
  187         (b) Establishing outcome-based, quantitative performance
  188  metrics to ensure the mission of the STEAM zone is being carried
  189  out.
  190         (c) Reporting annually to the Legislature on the progress
  191  of administering this section.
  192         (d) Developing measurable objectives for each STEAM zone to
  193  be monitored by the STEAM zone development board with the goal
  194  of creating more jobs in the fields of science, technology,
  195  engineering, arts, and mathematics; producing a workforce that
  196  is highly qualified; and improving the quality of life in the
  197  state.
  198         (8)(a) Effective July 1, 2013, the total amount of state
  199  credits, refunds, and exemptions that may be provided in a given
  200  state fiscal year by each county that has jurisdiction over a
  201  STEAM zone to eligible businesses for STEAM zone economic
  202  incentives pursuant to this section is $300,000 per designated
  203  STEAM zone. The county that has jurisdiction over a STEAM zone
  204  shall disallow a credit or refund for which an application is
  205  submitted after the zone’s respective $300,000 limit is reached.
  206  If the $300,000 incentive cap is not fully used in any one state
  207  fiscal year by a STEAM zone, the county that has jurisdiction
  208  over a STEAM zone shall allocate the incentives, verify that
  209  businesses receiving such incentives are eligible for the
  210  incentives provided, and ensure that the incentives provided do
  211  not exceed the cap for the state fiscal year.
  212         (b) Upon approving an incentive for an eligible business,
  213  the county that has jurisdiction over a STEAM zone shall provide
  214  the taxpayer with a certificate indicating the name and federal
  215  employer identification number of the eligible business, the
  216  date the incentive is provided, the name of the STEAM zone, the
  217  incentive type, and the incentive amount. The county that has
  218  jurisdiction over a STEAM zone shall certify to the Department
  219  of Revenue or the Department of Economic Opportunity, whichever
  220  is applicable, the businesses or properties that are eligible to
  221  receive the state incentives under statutory requirements. The
  222  county that has jurisdiction over a STEAM zone shall provide a
  223  copy of the certificate to the Department of Revenue and the
  224  Department of Economic Opportunity as notification that such
  225  incentives were approved for the specific eligible business or
  226  property. For incentives to be claimed against the sales and use
  227  tax under chapter 212, the Department of Revenue shall send,
  228  within 14 days after receipt, written instructions to an
  229  eligible business on how to claim the credit on a sales and use
  230  tax return initiated through an electronic data interchange. Any
  231  credit against the sales and use tax shall be deducted from any
  232  sales and use tax remitted by the business to the Department of
  233  Revenue by electronic funds transfer and may be deducted only on
  234  a sales and use tax return initiated through an electronic data
  235  interchange. The business shall separately state the credit on
  236  the electronic return. The net amount of tax due and payable
  237  must be remitted by electronic funds transfer.
  238         Section 6. Section 1002.312, Florida Statutes, is created
  239  to read:
  240         1002.312Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and
  241  Mathematics (STEAM) schools.—
  242         (1)A district school board may establish a Science,
  243  Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) school by
  244  contracting with a nonprofit organization or a state or local
  245  governmental unit to provide a full educational STEAM program
  246  that integrates science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  247  with the visual or performing arts, creative writing, or design.
  248  An organization that contracts with a district school board to
  249  establish a STEAM school may include, but is not limited to, an
  250  art museum, a performing arts organization, a state university,
  251  a Florida College System institution, a charter school, a civic
  252  organization, or a state or local governmental unit.
  253         (2) The contract between the district school board and the
  254  organization that provides the STEAM school must specify:
  255         (a) That the STEAM school will be located at the site of
  256  the nonprofit organization.
  257         (b) That the STEAM educational program will be supervised
  258  by the district school board’s curriculum office.
  259         (c) The percentage of FTE funding that the district school
  260  board will pay to the STEAM school.
  261         (d) Sources of funding in addition to FEFP funding, such as
  262  state or local funds, if the district school board contracts
  263  with a state or local governmental unit to establish the STEAM
  264  school.
  265         (e) A description of the STEAM school’s property insurance
  266  and liability insurance.
  267         (f) That each employee, contract worker, or volunteer that
  268  has direct student contact will undergo a state and national
  269  background screening pursuant to s. 943.0542, and that the STEAM
  270  school will deny employment to, or terminate, an employee or
  271  volunteer if he or she fails to meet the screening standards
  272  under s. 435.04.
  273         (3) Performance outcomes must demonstrate an integration of
  274  technology and the arts.
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  277         And the title is amended as follows:
  278         Delete line 66
  279  and insert:
  280         in other state universities; creating s. 288.126,
  281         F.S.; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity
  282         to create economic development zones for science,
  283         technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics;
  284         authorizing a science, technology, engineering, arts,
  285         and mathematics (STEAM) zone in a county with a state
  286         university classified as having very high research
  287         activity located in the county’s jurisdiction;
  288         authorizing the county to apply to the department for
  289         a STEAM zone designation; requiring the county to
  290         appoint a STEAM zone development agency in its
  291         application; providing criteria for the STEAM zone
  292         development agency; requiring the STEAM zone
  293         development agency to appoint a STEAM zone development
  294         board; providing criteria for the board; providing
  295         duties of the board; requiring a local governing body
  296         that has jurisdiction over a STEAM zone to establish
  297         the boundary of the STEAM zone, specify applicable
  298         standards, and determine certain eligibility criteria;
  299         specifying the incentives and benefits available in
  300         the STEAM zones; requiring the department to develop a
  301         grant program that applies to a STEAM zone; providing
  302         criteria for the awarding of a grant; directing the
  303         STEAM zone development agency to perform certain
  304         functions; requiring the department to work with the
  305         STEAM zone development agency, the Department of
  306         Education, and Workforce Florida, Inc., to develop
  307         accountability requirements and measurable objectives;
  308         providing criteria; providing a monetary incentive cap
  309         on the total amount of state credits, refunds, and
  310         exemptions that may be provided to eligible businesses
  311         for STEAM zone economic incentives; assigning duties
  312         for the administration of STEAM zones to the counties
  313         that have jurisdiction over STEAM zones; providing for
  314         the issuance of certificates to eligible businesses;
  315         requiring the county that has jurisdiction over a
  316         STEAM zone to certify to the Department of Revenue or
  317         the Department of Economic Opportunity the businesses
  318         or properties that are eligible for the incentives;
  319         requiring the Department of Revenue to send written
  320         instructions to eligible businesses for claiming the
  321         credit on a sales and use tax return initiated through
  322         an electronic data interchange; providing a procedure
  323         to deduct a credit against the sales and use tax from
  324         the sales and use tax remitted by the business;
  325         creating s. 1002.312, F.S.; authorizing a district
  326         school board to contract with a nonprofit organization
  327         or a state or local governmental unit to establish a
  328         STEAM school; specifying the organizations that are
  329         authorized to contract with a district school board to
  330         establish a STEAM school; requiring certain provisions
  331         to be included in a contract to establish a STEAM
  332         school; providing that performance outcomes must
  333         demonstrate an integration of technology and the arts;
  334         amending s. 1004.02,